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Real time edit: My mp3s still have bandwidth issues. However, the ones below have been uploaded kindly by Martin so should work! I will sort mine out on Sunday! If anyone has the Christmas songs from Ryan Huston or the Puppini Sisters myspace sites, please email them to me!!

Today I'm handing over the reigns to Martin, who brings a bit of much needed european culture and flavour to thezapping ;) As with Chad, i think Martin's done a great job and i hope you all show him some love...
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MARTIN'S EUROPEAN CULTURE LESSON:
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Pop music, such a fickle little genre. It is generally aimed at three little niches: little girls, cheesy gays and the die hard music fan. Little girls want to emulate their favourite popstars, club going gays - they may well want to do inappropriate things with boyband members - but generally it comes down to the beats being dance friendly. It's the die hard music fan contingent that I would place myself in (although yes, i may want to do inappropriate things with the odd boybander) and it is the die hard music contingent that may find this of interest.
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If you get music, you'll understand it. The sense of excitement you get when you hear a new pop song, the trepidation you feel when you download (or indeed buy) that new album or the exhilaration that engulfs you when you hear about your favourite artist embracing a new style of pop are all signs that you love pop.
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A few years ago I discovered a little genre unknown to myself. Occasionally, in order to boost their European markets popstars will re-record some of their biggest hits in foreign languages. Hearing the songs you know in an, albeit dodgy accented, foreign tongue is somewhat bizarre but certainly interesting.
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And sometimes our pop comes from Europe... Exactly one year before the atrocities of September 11th 2001, S Club 7 released a little pop ditty called Natural. Have a listen to Norma Ray's French original version and see where it comes from.
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Sugababes' Love Actually / Stansted airport hijinks that is Too Lost In You is also a cover of a French song, here is Patrica Kaas' original.
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And sometimes Disney does it best...
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Check out Martin's blog :) Thanks Martin - great job...

3 Comments:

  1. J'ason D'luv said...
    Awww..."Too Lost In You." I just listened to it on my lunch break, driving around the icky wasteland known as Van Nuys.

    Pablo, did you dance to "Your Disco Needs You" at Bar Tubos on this trip? Are you making sure the Yumbo is shakin'?

    Why the separate vacays or you and DazHandsome?
    Poster Girl said...
    Speaking of both Disney and songs in other languages, for some reason I have the Swedish version of "A Whole New World." Not the Peter and Katie version, though.

    The Blue song seems to work really well in Italian--then again, maybe it's because in both versions, the most important part of the chorus is just a big note, with a similar syllable in both songs.

    And I still stand by liking that Westlife song. I feel rather sad that I can't even understand most of what they're saying when they're not even native speakers, though...not a good sign for my steadily deteriorating Spanish skills (then again, I can barely understand lyrics in English anyhow ;) ).
    Paul said...
    no joint vacation for DazPebbles and myself this time round. A lovely little bit of frugging to YOur Disco has indeed taken place at Bar Tubos and our new fave haunt Bar Ibiza...

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